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Chris Doyle resigns from Jacksonville Jaguars a day after Urban Meyer announced the controversial staff hiring

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Printed 11: 38 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2021 | Updated 12: 15 a.m. ET Feb. 13, 2021

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Chris Doyle resigned from his status with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a day after Urban Meyer announced the controversial hiring.

“Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted,” Meyer said in a statement released by the team. “Chris didn’t want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are accountable for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, must have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved.  We want him the handiest as he strikes forward in his career.”

Doyle was hired to be the Jaguars director of sports performance. 

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On Thursday after announcing the Doyle hire, Meyer said that franchise proprietor Shad Khan and general manager Trent Baalke signed off on the determination.

“I’ve acknowledged Chris for shut to 20 years,” Meyer said Thursday in a news conference. “Our relationship goes back to after I was at Utah and he was the No. 1 strength coach. I vetted him thoroughly along with our general manager and proprietor. I agree with great about the hire, about his skills at that status. We vetted him thoroughly and sports performance goes to be a excessive, excessive precedence.”

The hiring was met with immediate scorn.

On Friday, Rod Graves of the Fritz Pollard Alliance — an organization dedicated to championing variety in the NFL — called the hiring “unacceptable.”

“At a time when the NFL has failed to resolve its situation with racial hiring practices, it is simply unacceptable to welcome Chris Doyle into the ranks of NFL coaches,” Graves’ statement read. “Doyle’s departure from the College of Iowa reflected a tenure riddled with dejected judgment and mistreatment of Black players. His conduct must be as disqualifying for the NFL as it was for College of Iowa.

“Urban Meyer’s statement, ‘I’ve acknowledged Chris for shut to 20 years’ displays the correct ol’ boy network that is exactly the reason there is such a disparity in employment alternatives for Black coaches.”

Doyle left the Iowa Hawkeyes football program on June 15 after allegations of racism and bullying surfaced.

An external investigation by the Husch Blackwell law firm from last summer revealed that Iowa’s Black players felt they had been treated harshly.

“In sum, the program’s guidelines perpetuated racial or cultural biases and diminished the value of cultural variety,” the anecdote said. “The program over-monitored players to the level that they experienced heightened anxiety and maintained a tradition that allowed a small community of coaches to demean players.”

Contributing: Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY

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